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Iberian Explorer

Circumnavigate the Iberian Peninsula and uncover the historic treasures of Spain on this spectacular 7-night cruise with visits to beautiful Cartagena, the historic city of Malaga and the picturesque bay of Vigo. Includes return flights from the UK and an included shore excursion in almost every port.

Mid size Ship Holiday
Barcelona, Spain

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Join your Viking ship in the colourful city of Barcelona and admire the innovative architecture before setting sail for historic Murcia. Discover Cartagena’s rich history during a tour of the Roman Theatre and Roman Forum.

Explore the highlights of Malaga, Picasso’s birthplace, including the 11th-century Alcazaba Palace and the ancient Moorish Gibralfaro Castle before sailing onto the stunning bay of Vigo.

Wander through Vigo’s bustling plazas and the French gardens of Castrelos Park or take the opportunity to discover Santiago de Compostelo before calling on England’s maritime city of Portsmouth.

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Iberian Explorer

Day 1 - UK - Barcelona (Spain)

Arrive in Barcelona and step on board your ship. Settle in to your veranda stateroom and explore. As we remain in port until the afternoon, you may have time to see some of Barcelona’s sights. The vibrant Las Ramblas boulevard is just 25 minutes away.

Day 2 - Murcia

The charms of Murcia lie in its embrace of its rural pleasures. Surrounded by farmland and fertile huertas, Murcianos are never at a loss for produce freshly plucked from “Europe’s orchard.” They, in turn, live by the patient cycle of the harvest, going about their days at a leisurely pace. The Moors founded the city in 825 and introduced a vast irrigation network for crops and for city use. They were expelled by Ferdinand III of Castile in 1243. Murcia province remained a vassal kingdom until 1812 and became an autonomous region of Spain in 1982.

Day 3 - Malaga

Granada is a splendid canvas of Moorish architecture, rich Andalusian tradition and remarkable history. It was the last stronghold of the Moorish Nasrid dynasty, whose 250-year reign ended during the 1492 reconquest of Spain by Catholic monarchs. The grand Granada Cathedral is a soaring celebration of that victory; its Royal Chapel holds the tombs of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand, the celebrated pair who oversaw the triumph. Their magnificent fortress-palace, the Alhambra, was long the stronghold of Moors, and so offers a magnificent blend of Islamic and Christian detail.

Day 4 - At Sea

Sail the gateway between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Its defining landmark, the soaring Rock of Gibraltar, was one of the Pillars of Hercules of ancient myth. As you sail, explore our well-curated library, tucked in a private alcove of The Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

Day 5 - Vigo

Call on Vigo today, Spain’s “Gateway to the Atlantic” and one of the most historic cities on the northwestern coast of Galicia. For stunning views of its dramatic bay, ascend to El Castro Mount. Then get a closer look at Vigo’s elegant thoroughfares and plazas and the French gardens of Castrelos Park. Alternately, visit the revered city of Santiago de Compostela, one of medieval Europe’s most important pilgrimage sites.

Day 6 - At Sea

Perhaps you will get a morning workout at the Fitness Center and soothe your body with a hot sauna and a few minutes amid the refreshingly chilled air of the Snow Grotto. In the evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers’ Lounge and an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant.

Day 7 - Portsmouth (UK)

You’ll enjoy a picturesque arrival into Portsmouth, sailing between Napoleonic forts in the Solent Strait and passing stunning citadels at the harbor’s entrance. Then discover the city’s prestigious maritime past. This historic naval port houses such historic vessels as Henry VIII’s Tudor battleship Mary Rose and Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory. Stroll the docklands of the rejuvenated waterfront and visit the D-Day Museum, commemorating the preparations for the Allied landings of the massive fleet that departed here on June 6, 1944.

Day 8 - London Tilbury

Awake in Tilbury, a historic town on the north bank of the Thames River. Disembark your ship this morning, or explore more with Viking on our London post-cruise extension.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night full board cruise
  • Flight from the UK to Barcelona
  • Overseas transfers
  • 4 complimentary shore excursions with a wide choice of optional extra excursions available
  • House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Choice of dining options from casual to private dining and al fresco dining
  • 24-hour room service
  • Tea and Coffee available 24-hours
  • Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Gratuities
  • All port charges and government taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional optional shore excursions

Cruise Extensions

  • Barcelona Extension - Extend your holiday with a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Barcelona with hotels, breakfasts and transfers from just £449pp. Contact us for more information.
  • Madrid Extension - Extend your holiday with a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Madrid with hotels, breakfasts and transfers from just £549pp. Contact us for more information.
  • London Extension - Extend your holiday with a 2-night post-cruise stay in London with hotels, breakfasts and transfers from just £749pp. Contact us for more information.

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